Arduino in Marine Sciences: A hands-on training course on building and controlling sensors for marine research projects

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Arduino in Marine Sciences: A hands-on training course on building and controlling sensors for marine research projects

This hands-on training course that will introduce marine scientists to the open-source technology platform Arduino. Arduino is an easy-to-use hardware and software platform with endless possibilities on reading data captured with sensors and controlling connected instruments. In this course trainees will via hands-on marine applications learn to implement this technology and get an understanding of the possibilities of the platform and the  potential use in research.

A fit-for-purpose training kit was developed and will guide trainees through a series of lessons. The first lessons will make them acquainted with the Arduino platform and a range of sensors commonly used in a marine context. Next lessons are built around small projects which can be easily deployed in real scientific situations. For each of these projects, example applications are provided.

Each lesson will consist of guidelines, interactive video tutorials, Arduino code and wiring schemes. Via an interactive glossary, students will have the possibility to explore more in depth specific concepts. Links will be made to selected online resources. Each lesson starts with a basic guided part. After this guided part trainees are challenged with add-on exercises.

All training material will be provided via an online Learning Management System.

Below is a view on some of the content of this course:

  1. Getting started with the Arduino board and possibilities
  2. Getting started in using sensors to measure marine parameters
  3. Building a temperature logger to use in the field or in an experimental aquarium setting
  4. Build a marine field station measuring temperature, salinity, air humidity, air pressure
  5. Controlling a camera to use in experiments studying the behaviour of Marine biota
  6. Getting started in using more advanced sensors to measure marine parameters (Hall sensors, accelerometers, distance sensors, PH and conductivity, turbidity)
  7. Controlling the tidal, temperature and light regime in an aquarium tank to mimic field situations in order to study the behaviour of marine life
  8. Build a floating data logger
Contact Person: Tim Deprez (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0688 - Bioinformatics", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0731 - Surveying", "0831 - Aquaculture


Venue: Ghent University
Ghent, Belgium

Campus Sterre Building S8


Open from
13 Mar 2019 to 19 Apr 2019


50 euro per person

Application Procedure:

Due to practical reasons, the number of places for this training courses is limited to 20. In case of large interest, new editions of the course will be organized in the coming months. People that registered to a previous edition will have preference in enrolling.

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